Members of a team from Burundi have disappeared and now were spotting crossing into Canada. Their exact whereabouts are currently unknown. They do have one year visas for the U.S. however they packed all their belongings and turned in the keys to their hotel rooms.
Two of the teens, Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, and Don Ingabire, 16, were spotted crossing into Canada. Police do not believe there is any foul play and that the teens have disappeared of their own accord.
There are no indicators thus far as to their motives or reasons, where they planned to go, or what they planned to do. The teens were just reported missing this week, Tuesday, and as said before two of them were spotted entering Canada just a few days after that.
As written for 11Alive by John Bacon:
Two of the six teen members of a robotics team from Burundi who disappeared after an international competition in Washington, D.C., were seen crossing into Canada, police confirmed Thursday.
“We don’t have an update on the whereabouts (of the others), but we have no indication that there was foul play,” police spokeswoman Margarita Mikhaylova told USA TODAY. She said the investigation was continuing.
The teenagers were competing in the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition and were reported missing Wednesday, according to police documents. The competition drew teams from more than 150 nations.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Trump, attended part of the three-day event Tuesday.
The Burundi teens, all of whom have one-year visas, were last seen Tuesday night after the competition concluded, police said. Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, and Don Ingabire, 16, were seen entering Canada at some point since then, but police do not know when, Mikhaylova said.
The other students are Aristide Irambona, 18, Nice Munezero, 17, Kevin Sabumukiza, 17, and Richard Irakoze, 18.